You will explore visual culture within a curricular framework of critical theory, visual studies, cultural studies, and writing. Six interrelated courses provide the foundation. These focus on issues of cultural identity and difference, modes of perception, discursive strategies, sites of reception, and thinking about the visual through writing. These core classes prepare VCS students for directed research and thesis writing in their final year. Our approach to learning, teaching and research at all academic levels is exploratory and innovative, yet academically rigorous.